In only his second match for the National Wrestling Alliance, Matt Cardona was ready. Saturday Night, February 12th, Oak Grove Kentucky bore witness to a changing of the guard. Six months into his first reign as Worlds Champion, Trevor Murdoch has lost the NWA title to Cardona.
Trevor as Worlds Heavyweight Champion
Murdoch became NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion by defeating Nick Aldis at the NWA 73rd Anniversary Show. Because of the respect, Murdoch had earned many in the locker room refused to challenge him. Murdoch had defended the title in St. Louis against Atilla Khan. A few days later he would defend against Mike Knox at Hard Times 2. Murdoch would have another defense against Knox at the POWERRR Tapings. His last successful title defense was against Gangrel.
How did Cardona get this match?
Matt Cardona had only wrestled one match in the NWA before tonight. But he was fast-tracked to the title, out of animosity. Cardona was responsible for a post-match attack on the Worlds Champion at Hard Times 2. Cardona orchestrated an attack that left Da Pope in the hospital and Trevor laid out. Cordona and Murdoch’s rivalry would spill into the world of SXM Fight Nation’s Busted Open. As Cardona appeared on the show, ran down the look and feel of the NWA and Trevor Murdoch. Two days later Murdoch would join the program to refute Cordona.
On Episode 7 of this season of POWERRR, Matt Cardona tells Kyle Davis that he has bad news. Cardona says he can’t wrestle Trevor for the Worlds Championship. Because “If I wrestle him, I’ll have to win.” And if he has to win, then he has to take that title. If he takes the title off of Trevor, then Trevor will do what he did in 2018 and quit the business. Cardona vowed to win the title, save the NWA, and force Trevor to quit again. Cardona’s stock had never been higher. His appearances for GCW and Impact Wrestling have added fuel to his fire. NWA President, Billy Corgan announced Cardona’s title shot late last week.
Cardona is the 5th NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion under the Lightning One Era. The NWA’s next PPV Event will be the Crockett Cup in Nashville, TN.